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Local News

  • Preparing for wildfires

    Known or not, Jefferson County residents are members of the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), or high-risk wildfire area where homes are often surrounded by accumulated dead wood, slash and other natural and lethal fuels. However, an enrichment of fire wise practices is doable and can be realized with the guidance and efforts through information distributed by residents, fire stations and online.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Dish fret-work

  • Morrison briefs

    Town holding off on bridge assessment

    The town of Morrison is holding off on an assessment of the Spring Street bridge, which is degrading and in need of repair.

    A $21,000 proposal from IMEG Engineers would’ve included an existing bridge inspection, a redecking concept and concepts for bridge replacement.

  • LGBTQ community, allies press for better protections

    As an educator in Jefferson County and a transgender person, Joel Zigman understands that a proactive approach is often best when it comes to sharing matters of gender identity with students. 

  • Weekend in the West benefits Bootstraps

    By Alex Purcell
    For the Courier

    There were plenty of horses in the arena at Lucky Penny Ranch, but not the kind that usually pace the dirt. These horses were in the dozens of paintings lining the walls for the second annual Weekend in the West art show and auction.

    Two dozen local artists donated their skill and time to the event, which benefited Bootstraps, an organization dedicated to providing financial assistance for Evergreen and Conifer students to pursue academic careers.

  • Evergreen Library keeps kids busy with slime-making

    Slime may seem the stuff of far-off alien worlds, but in reality it only takes a few things from the grocery store to create it.

    Yet, the simplicity of its origins doesn’t diminish the fun. Instead, it enhances it.

    On Friday, more than 25 youngsters and their parents worked underneath the blacklight at Evergreen Library to make their own slime and bouncy balls. The event was part of the library’s space-themed summer reading program.

  • Jeffco Schools approves budget as negotiations with union continue

    Jeffco Public Schools approved a $1.24 billion budget, although the district has not yet reached an agreement with the Jefferson County Education Association, its teachers union.

  • A true community affair: Pine Grove celebrates during the 32nd annual Rhubarb Festival

    It was a big day for Lynnette Boyer.

    Hours before the community gathered Saturday in Pine Grove for the 32nd annual Rhubarb Festival, one of her goats had a baby. And in true Pine Grove fashion, Boyer, a rhubarb bake-off judge, named it Ruby in honor of the festival she’s come to love.

  • One injured in Conifer house fire

    Firefighters have put out a house fire in the 11100 block of Conifer Mountain Road that injured one person.

    Jacob Ware, Elk Creek Fire Protection District's deputy fire chief, confirmed a civilian was transported to the hospital with complications exacerbated by the fire but not directly caused by it. The person is in stable condition.

  • Jeffco considers tearing down, rebuilding Columbine HS

    Twenty years ago, in the weeks after two gunmen entered Columbine High School killing 13 people and themselves on April 20, 1999, students, staff and the community vowed to keep the school open.

    For many, doing so felt like a way to reclaim the space and demonstrate hope’s everlasting triumph.